October 26th, 2011 at 11:13 am
AMARILLO – Texas Baptists put a high-tech spin on a 2,000-year-old mandate Monday night in Amarillo when Elizabeth Biedrzycki, special projects coordinator, unveiled Be On Mission, the convention’s new online global mission locator tool.
The mission locator tool, www.beonmission.org, is the result of months of development, design and project population. It allows users to search, submit and share information about open, ongoing and completed mission projects around the globe.
The tool’s aim is to connect available individuals and churches with those in need. Hundreds of red, blue and green pins spread across a world map give users a unique and comprehensive view of the convention’s global missions footprint.
Be On Mission projects, gathered from various entities within the Texas Baptists family, are searchable by category, region and duration. Opportunities span from agriculture to construction, nursing and Vacation Bible School.
During her presentation, Biedrzycki highlighted the share component of the tool. Users who connect with mission opportunities are encouraged to share stories from their mission experience. Posts include first hand photos and videos from individuals and churches as they work in the mission field.
“These stories are written by students from your youth groups, college students from various universities, BSM directors from across the state and ministers from local churches,” Biedrzycki said.
In addition to connecting users with mission opportunities, Be On Mission also features an online giving component. Users can view select mission projects under the give category to fund a ministry effort. Individuals also are encouraged to read about what other individuals and churches are doing and support those efforts with prayer.
Biedrzycki stressed that the tool is in its infancy and welcomed constructive feedback from early users. “At Conclave a couple of weeks ago youth leaders told me they can’t always take their youth group to the Dominican Republic for a week, so we’ve got to provide the types of projects they can participate in,” she said.
Such logistical considerations underscore the need for short-term actionable projects in and around a user’s own community. Spending a Saturday afternoon gathering shoes for orphans or care packages for troops can impact lives as well.
Once Be On Mission users locate a project that they are interested in fulfilling, they are encouraged to contact project organizers directly. When asked about mission trip planning, Biedrzycki said that the BGCT intends to operate as a project facilitator, connecting individuals and churches with those is need, but added that there are numerous opportunities for BGCT ministries to lend valuable information and insight for users preparing to enter the mission field.
“We are excited to see this tool grow and further empower users to spread the hope of Christ through missions,” said Biedrzycki.
To learn more about Be On Mission go to www.beonmission.org. For questions about Be On Mission, including mission project submission criteria, contact Biedrzycki at Elizabeth.Biedrzycki@texasbaptists.org.
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